Today's Labour News

newsThis news aggregator site highlights South African labour news from a wide range of internet and print sources. Each posting has a synopsis of the source article, together with a link or reference to the original. Postings cover the range of labour related matters from industrial relations to generalist human resources.

exxaroSABC News reports that there is a glimmer of hope that more than 1,800 jobs could be saved at Exxaro Coal's Arnot colliery.  Eskom will soon be announcing the appointment of at least two companies that will be supplying coal at the colliery linked-power station.  

vavi1Sowetan reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is pulling out all the stops to secure political support for a new trade union federation he is set to lead.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that Metrorail has warned that train services between Pretoria and Johannesburg and in Cape Town were running late on Tuesday.  

cosatuTMG Digital reports that Cosatu has strongly condemned the 34% increase in the import duty on wheat that is expected to result in a rise in the price of bread.  

uasa thumb medium70 84TimesLive reports that airport services in respect of Kulula and British Airways could face disruptions as employees of Comair, which services these airlines, are due to embark on a strike on Thursday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 11 April 2016

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 8 April 2016.

DesVanRooyenThe New Age reports that an agreement brokered by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Des van Rooyen, between striking workers and the Mogalakwena municipality mayor, Parks Sebatjane in Mokopane has given hope for the resumption of normal activities.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Business Report writes that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has warned that Rand Water should table “sober minded” increase proposals as it prepares for salary negotiations with the utility that will start on Thursday.  

sanral thumb100 The New Age reports that the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has denied claims made by labour federation Cosatu that the e-tolling system would result in job losses for people working in toll plazas.  

pikitupTimesLive reports that the five-week long Pikitup strike is over and the workers were due to be back on the job on Monday.  The waste management company, the City of Johannesburg and the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) reached an agreement at the weekend.  

ann7News24 reports that Oakbay Investments has written to government to plead for an intervention following the closure of the company’s bank accounts and the withdrawal of shareholders, the Guptas and President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane, from the company.  

evrazCity Press reports that the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has become the latest in a long line of litigants against the business rescuers of Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) wants the Chamber of Mines to reopen wage negotiations with Sibanye Gold notwithstanding an existing three-year deal concluded last year.  

medicaldoctorSowetan writes that, with 80% of all specialists in South Africa concentrated in the private healthcare sectors of the Western Cape and Gauteng, the public sector is struggling with a shortage of an estimated 20,000 health specialists.  

ambulanceTMG Digital reported on Sunday that an ambulance from the Eastern Cape Department of Health was attacked and the crew robbed after their assailants led them into an ambush by pretending to be their escorts.  

VantageGoldfieldsThe Citizen reports that in the weeks leading up to the Lily Mine disaster in February, illegal mining activities became a serious concern for management and various plans were put in place to address the issue.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Argus reports that Metrorail commuters in Cape Town should expect delays of up to an hour on Monday after 10 carriages were destroyed in a blaze, at the weekend, in an alleged arson attack.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 8 April to Sunday, 10 April 2016

amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Sunday it had agreed to accept a new wage offer from Sibanye Gold and had called off a strike.  

handshake thumb medium90 90eNCA reports that the City of Johannesburg’s Matshidiso Mfekoe the announced on Sunday that the month-long strike at waste removal agency Pikitup has finally come to an end.  

pikitupANA reports that the strike at Johannesburg waste management company Pikitup continues despite the city’s attempts to reach a settlement with the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday afternoon.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 7 April 2016.

earningsBloomberg reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which oversees the bulk of the SA government’s pension money, voted against pay policies at more than one third of the annual general meetings it attended between July and September last year.  

solidariteitMail & Guardian writes that the domestic steel industry is bleeding and stakeholders fear its death unless emergency protections are introduced soon.  

pikitupBusiness Report writes that talks to end a month-old unprotected strike at Johannesburg waste management agency Pikitup resumed at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday morning.  

sibanyeMineweb reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is unhappy about the reported wage agreement that has been reached between Sibanye Gold and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

ShopriteBDLive reports that there is no end in sight to the strike at Shoprite’s distribution centre in Centurion, with workers vowing to continue until management meets their demands.  

healthcareThe New Age reports that patients at the KwaMashu Poly Clinic were left stranded on Wednesday when 500 staff members embarked on a go-slow, calling for the suspension of the HR and nursing managers.  

MotsoalediBDLive reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in Parliament on Thursday that SA’s cumbersome and inefficient compensation system for injured and ill workers desperately needed reform.